Call for Papers – 2019

The Second International Conference on Interactional Competences and Practices in a Second Language (ICOP-L2).

Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden, 29–31 May 2019.

Following the success of the first Interactional Competences and Practices in a Second Language (ICOP-L2) conference organized by the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), we are delighted to organise the second ICOP-L2 conference to be held at Mälardalen University in beautiful Västerås, Sweden, on 29-31 May 2019.   

Interactional practices in second and additional languages (L2s) have increasingly been researched in language classrooms and other institutional settings as well as in non-institutional contexts that include practices of ‘learning in the wild’. Principles of ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, membership categorization analysis, and usage-based linguistics have equipped researchers with tools to investigate how users of L2s engage in sense making practices, and how they learn and teach in interaction. This social and qualitative trend in L2 interaction research has also fuelled a growing body of studies into interactional competence.  

In the last decade, interactional competence has become one of the central concepts in Applied Linguistics, contributing to research on language development, the dynamics of L2 use, teaching, teacher education, and oral proficiency assessment. Special issues in Classroom Discourse (Routledge) and Language Testing (SAGE) as well as edited volumes and book-length manuscripts (e.g. Hall, Hellermann and Pekarek Doehler, 2011; Salaberry and Kunitz, forthcoming) have been published to present how interactional practices are manifested and locally managed by users of L2s in institutional and non-institutional settings. 

This growing body of research has great potential to inform teaching, teacher education, and testing at practitioner level, and there is more need now than ever for bridging research and practice for uncovering the interactional dynamics of teaching and learning. One of the central aims of this conference is to address these broad issues by bringing together researchers who work on interactional practices in L2s to present, discuss, and disseminate cutting-edge research. 

Plenary Speakers

Simona Pekarek Doehler, University of Neuchâtel

Steven Thorne, Portland State University

Johannes Wagner, University of Southern Denmark 

There will also be pre-conference methodology workshops for early career researchers.  


Proposals are invited for individual papers, panels (colloquia), data sessions, and posters. All abstracts (300 words maximum) need to be submitted electronically by 18 November 2018.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 30 November 2018

Notification of acceptance: December 2018 – January 2019

Registration closes: 3 May 2019

Pre-conference methodology workshops: 29 May 2019

Conference: 29-31 May 2019

Conference co-chairs

Olcay Sert, Mälardalen University

Thorsten Schröter, Mälardalen University

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